This mix attempts to capture the sound that I’m chasing right now – a sound which centres on the US West Coast in the late 50’s, early 60’s. There were a lot of hot jazz players from New Orleans doing session work for LA labels around that time. They cut sleazy and steamy Rhythm’n’Blues and Rock’n’Roll tunes to die for. Of course, many of the tunes on this mix don’t fit neatly into that box, I’m far from a purist, but they fit the vibe. There’s a drummer, Earl Palmer – drummed on some of Little Richard’s early hits – who I’ve been discovering recently. I've just finished an excellent book about him, fascinating guy. He was also a music arranger and if he didn’t invent the Rock’n’Roll beat, he certainly popularised it. As I find out more about Earl Palmer, and which tracks he played on, I’m astounded by just how many of the mainstay 45s in my DJ box he played a part in recording.